Erez Zohar 2012-2013

Institution of PhD:
Tel Aviv University
Academic Discipline of PhD:
PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Benni Reznik
Dissertation Topic:
Quantum Simulations of Quantum Field Theories
Year Awarded PhD:
Institution of Postdoc:
Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
Present Institution:
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Erez Zohar is a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the theory division, headed by Prof. Cirac. Erez’s current research focuses on studying many body physics and quantum field theory using tensor networks and quantum simulation methods.

Erez’s PhD research focused on quantum simulations of lattice gauge theories. Quantum simulations, a current, rapidly growing research area, are a powerful method, suggested originally by Richard Feynman, in which inaccessible quantum systems are studied and simulated using other accessible and controllable quantum systems, which serve as their “analog quantum simulators”. This enables the study of inaccessible (either theoretically, numerically or experimentally) physics.

Erez and his advisor Prof. Reznik collaborated throughout his PhD studies with Prof. Ignacio Cirac, a world leader in the field of cold atoms and quantum information processing – winner of the 2013 physics Wolf prize. The PhD research focused on simulating lattice gauge theories, abelian (U(1) and Z_N) as well as non abelian (SU(N)) using ultracold atoms in optical lattices, enabling the probing and measurements of nonperturbative effects such as confinement.

Erez has published his research in a variety of publications including  Physical Review and Physical Review Letters,